The following were among actions taken at the Tuesday meeting of the District of Columbia Council.
TAX RATES CONSTANT -- At the urging of John Wilson, (D-Ward 2) chairman of the Committee on Finance and Revenue, the council voted unanimously to maintain the real estate taxes for fiscal year 1988 at their current levels: $1.22 for private residences, $1.54 for rental properties, $1.82 for hotels and $2.03 for vacant and commercial land, based on each $100 of assessed value.
NURSING COMMISSION -- The council unanimously gave final approval to the establishment of a D.C. Nursing Shortage Commission. Fifteen members will be appointed to find ways of solving the nursing shortage in the city in general, and especially at D.C. General Hospital. The commission is charged with studying salaries, employe benefits and the nurse-training programs in the city, and suggesting legislative, administrative and regulatory means to increase the number of nurses.
PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION -- The council unanimously gave final approval to a pedestrian traffic bill that requires drivers to slow or stop and yield to pedestrians when lights are not functioning or there are no lights, and establishes a fine of up to $500, a jail term of up to 30 days or both for drivers who hit pedestrians who have the right of way. In the case of a fatality, the bill establishes a fine of up to $5,000, a jail term of up to five years or both.
Pedestrians already have the right of way when they cross intersections with "walk" signals.
HELIPAD BAN PROPOSAL -- Council Chairman David Clarke (D) introduced a law banning the establishment of any helicopter landing pads in residential areas after July 14.
The bill came after a group of Foggy Bottom residents opposed a proposal by George Washington University Medical Center to establish a roof helipad to accommodate air-lifted patients.
The group noted that the area, just south of Washington Circle, had many residences, tall buildings, a Metro station, overhead wires and constant traffic, which could multiply the catastrophic effects of a helicopter mishap.
Fourteen helipads in the District are authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration, most in commercial areas.
PIT BULL DOGS -- Council member Nadine P. Winter (D-Ward 6), citing an "alarming increase in the number of unprovoked attacks by the so-called 'pit bull' dogs," introduced legislation to control dangerous dogs. Under the bill, owners must register, muzzle and confine dogs deemed dangerous by the animal control office, and post warning notices. Owners who handle dangerous dogs irresponsibly could face a $10,000 fine and up to one year in prison.